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  • Swine flu 'in almost every country'

    07/24/2009 6:42:50 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 28 replies · 597+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (article from AFP) ^ | July 25, 2009 | Hui Min Neo
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has spread to nearly every corner of the globe, and admits it's still unknown how the virus will mutate in the northern hemisphere's winter. With the death toll still rising rapidly and countries rushing out new ways to check the spread of A(H1N1), the United Nations agency said it's only a matter of time before the pandemic which began in March affects every country. "The spread of this virus continues, if you see 160 out of 193 WHO member states now have cases, so we are nearing almost 100 per cent but not...
  • Calling all volunteers to test swine flu shots

    07/22/2009 9:58:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 9 replies · 413+ views
    NIH calls for thousands of volunteers to test whether new swine flu vaccine works and is safe WASHINGTON (AP) -- The race is on: The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots -- to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this novel virus before its expected rebound in the fall. On Wednesday the National Institutes of Health tapped a network of medical centers around the country to begin a series of studies, with the first shots to go into...
  • [ARGENTINA] H1N1: 94 official deaths, unofficial figures say 100(Swine flu rage in S. Hemisphere)

    07/18/2009 3:35:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,110+ views
    H1N1: 94 official deaths, unofficial figures say 100 The National Health Ministry reported there are 94 H1N1 influenza deaths in Argentina. Meanwhile, Débora Ferrandini, the vice Health Minister of Santa Fe province announced that there are 30 lethal cases in the province which would lead to an unofficial figure of 100 deaths in the country. Santa Fe's Health Ministry confirmed another H1N1 influenza death in the province, where there already are 26 lethal cases, and adds up to 100 deaths in Argentina since the swine flu outbreak in May. The province's authorities reported yesterday another three deaths, most of the...
  • Swine flu sweeping world 'at speed'

    07/17/2009 12:33:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 974+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 18, 2009
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has swept the globe at "unprecedented speed", and a study warns that the pandemic could tip the world into deflation and delay the economic recovery. The WHO said it will stop giving figures on the numbers infected by the A(H1N1) virus to allow countries to channel resources into close monitoring of unexpected developments and patterns in the spread of the disease. Argentina, meanwhile, issued a nationwide alert after pigs were confirmed to have the swine flu virus. "In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as...
  • 67 Air Force cadets stricken with swine flu

    07/14/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 599+ views
    denverpost ^ | 07/13/2009
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The number of cadets with confirmed cases of the swine flu at the Air Force Academy has increased to 67. The academy said Monday that a total of 121 incoming freshmen with flu-like symptoms are being kept in dorms, away from other cadets.
  • Ebola found in pigs for first time raising fears it could mutate and threaten humans

    07/14/2009 9:08:39 AM PDT · by FromLori · 18 replies · 943+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/10/09
    Reston ebolavirus (Rebov) has only been seen in monkeys and humans previously and, unlike other types of Ebola, it is not known to cause illness in people. Researchers say it is theoretically possible for the virus to mutate in pigs into a form that might sicken people. The Philippines had tested 141 people, the researchers said, and six of them who either worked on pig farms or with swine products were found with antibodies to the Ebola-Reston virus, which means they might have been infected by pigs at some time. However, they showed no signs of illness. Rebov belongs to...
  • Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Increase 37% Over Last Two Weeks

    07/11/2009 11:31:43 AM PDT · by Raster Man · 13 replies · 536+ views
    CDC Web site ^ | July 10, 2009 | CDC
    By June 19, 2009, all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported novel H1N1 infection. While nationwide U.S. influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the country at this time, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity.
  • WHO warns Swine Flu 'unstoppable'.......

    07/05/2009 6:11:02 PM PDT · by TaraP · 61 replies · 1,345+ views
    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided. As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer. As the peak of the flu season approaches in South America, some...
  • WHO warns swine flu 'unstoppable'

    07/04/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 56 replies · 1,592+ views
    BBC ^ | July 3, 2009
    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided. As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer. As the peak of the flu season approaches in South America, some...
  • UK: Swine flu cannot be stopped as 100,000 new cases per day feared

    07/02/2009 8:17:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 836+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 07/03/09 | David Rose
    Swine flu cannot be stopped as 100,000 new cases per day feared David Rose More than 100,000 swine flu cases could be diagnosed every day by the end of next month, the Health Secretary has warned. Britain has moved past the stage of trying to contain the spread of the virus and into the “treatment phase”, Andy Burnham told the House of Commons. Cases of the H1N1 virus were doubling each week in Britain and could reach six figures daily by the end of August if current trends continued, he added. Anyone with flu-like symptoms will be advised to stay...
  • Swine flu 'cannot be contained'

    07/02/2009 8:20:56 AM PDT · by FromLori · 45 replies · 808+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/2/09
    The rising number of swine flu cases mean trying to contain the virus is no longer an option, the government says. Ministers said the emergency response would now move to a new "treatment" phase across the UK as there may soon be 100,000 new cases a day. It means anti-flu drugs will no longer be given to the close contacts of those infected nor will lab testing be done to confirm cases. The move has been made to relieve the pressure on the health service. The announcement, which comes into effect immediately, has long been expected. It does not mean...
  • Pflugerville man is county's first to die of swine flu (Travis county, Texas)

    06/30/2009 1:11:52 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 18 replies · 950+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6.30.2009 | Mary Ann Roser
    A 49-year-old man from Pflugerville is the first person in Travis County to die of swine flu and the 14th known death in Texas, health authorities said Monday.
  • US passes million swine flu cases......

    06/28/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 825+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | June 27th, 2009
    US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago. The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died. The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought. "We're saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year...
  • CDC sees "something different" with new flu

    06/20/2009 7:09:44 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 54 replies · 1,381+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2009 | Maggie Fox
    The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick -- meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials...
  • Bubonic Plague Reported In Libya

    06/17/2009 8:27:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 596+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 17, 2009
    Bubonic plague reported in Libya The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending an expert to Libya to look into a reported outbreak of bubonic plague not far from the Egyptian border. Libyan officials say at least one person has died and several more have been infected in the town of Tubruq. Cases of the disease, which was known as the Black Death in medieval Europe, are reported quite frequently in sub-Saharan Africa. Bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early. The WHO received a request from Libya to investigate the suspected cases in Tubruq on Tuesday, spokeswoman Aphaluck...
  • Russia Confirms Second Swine Flu Case

    05/24/2009 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Times of India ^ | 25 May 2009
    A man who returned last week from a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic has been hospitalized with Russia's second confirmed case of swine flu, health officials said on Sunday. The 25-year-old Russian man reported feeling ill on Wednesday, a day after returning to Moscow from 12 days in the Dominican resort town of Punta Cana, and was hospitalized on Thursday, the state consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor said on its website. He was in satisfactory condition, it said. The man, a resident of the Kaluga province southwest of Moscow, was on his honeymoon, the Interfax and RIA-Novosti news agencies cited Rospotrebnadzor...
  • Two Egyptian Boys Contract Bird Flu - Agency

    05/20/2009 4:39:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 377+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/09
    Two Egyptian boys have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the most populous Arab country to 74, state news agency MENA said on Wednesday. Egypt, hit harder by bird flu than any other country outside Asia, has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks with 14 new human infections and four deaths reported since April 1 -- more than the country saw in all of 2008. The children -- a 4-year-old boy from Daqahlia in the Nile Delta and a 3-year-old boy from Sohag in the south -- were admitted...
  • Memorial for NYC's 1st swine flu death

    05/18/2009 7:28:08 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 6 replies · 414+ views ^ | May 18,2009 | AP
    NEW YORK – A makeshift memorial has been erected outside a New York City school for the assistant principal who was the city's first swine flu death. Matthew Wiener (WEE'-ner) died Sunday after being hospitalized since Wednesday. He had been on a ventilator. Candles and flowers were placed outside Intermediate School 238 in Queens in his memory. Wiener's death is the country's sixth.
  • CDC: Over 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu

    05/16/2009 4:04:21 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 47 replies · 2,814+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/15/09 | Steven Reinberg
    FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide. [snip] In fact, "estimates of the confirmed and probable cases in the United States is probably not the best indicator of transmission at this point," the CDC's Jernigan said. "The outbreak is not localized, but is spreading and appears to be expanding throughout the United States. This is an ongoing public health threat," he said. It's a little hard...
  • CDC H1N1 Flu Update-1639 Confirmed Cases in 43 States

    05/08/2009 12:04:10 PM PDT · by TaraP · 36 replies · 911+ views
    CDC ^ | May 8th, 2009
    The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks. CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to the expanding outbreak. CDC’s response goals are to reduce spread and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency. CDC is issuing updated interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation.
  • Swine flu spreading too fast to count, CDC says...

    05/11/2009 6:10:08 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 1,114+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 11th, 2009
    Swine flu is spreading so far and fast in the U.S. that state health officials may soon stop counting individual cases, a federal health official said Monday. The novel H1N1 virus accounted for 40 percent of flu viruses logged in the U.S. in the past week and helped propel an uptick in overall flu-like illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has confirmed more than 2,000 cases in 43 states and Washington D.C., with 94 hospitalizations and three deaths. Another 700 cases are suspected. Although the flu is...
  • Officials: Cameron County woman dies from swine flu (TX)

    05/05/2009 3:14:51 PM PDT · by Whuzyerdaddi · 38 replies · 1,491+ views
    KGBT 4 ^ | 5/5/09 | Marcy Martinez
    Action 4 News has confirmed that a Cameron County woman has died from the H1N1 virus. Texas state health officials told Action 4 News that the Center for Disease Control confirmed her death after 1 p.m. today. Authorities said a female in her early 30s had contracted H1N1, or swine flu, and died at a local hospital. The Cameron County victim is believed to be second person to die in the United States from the disease. The woman’s name has not been released but health officials said there is no cause for concern.
  • Flu outbreak could have started in US: health official

    05/02/2009 10:19:45 PM PDT · by melt · 34 replies · 1,989+ views
    A US health official on Saturday did not rule out the possibility that the A(H1N1) influenza virus outbreak may have originated in California. "As we do our investigations here in the US, we may find that there were cases earlier," US Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) spokesman Scott Bryan told AFP. Several cases of infection were reported in California before the outbreak in Mexico, the epicenter of the swine flu outbreak, where the government has confirmed 427 cases of the disease as well as 16 deaths. The number of confirmed US swine flu cases stands at 160 spread...
  • Much Better H1N1 Virus Google map

    05/01/2009 10:16:31 AM PDT · by PetroniusMaximus · 147 replies · 4,470+ views ^ | 05.01.09 |
    Much more detailed Google map of the progress of the H1N1 virus in the US:,-51.679687&spn=94.133822,172.265625&z=2&source=embed Original link:
  • Swine Flu: Obama Option 3...

    04/30/2009 7:01:01 PM PDT · by brycemax · 1 replies · 379+ views
    Swine flu: What's Obama to do? He's got a few options, which one do you think he'll take? NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the comic within this thread. Thank you very much!
  • Obama's Staffer's Family Positive for Swine Flu

    04/30/2009 6:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,116+ views
    Huliq ^ | April 30, 2009
    A member of the U.S. delegation that traveled to Mexico City as part of the advance security team for Energy Secretary Steven Chu exhibited swine flu-like symptoms upon his return, and three members of his family have tested positive for the A H1N1 virus, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Thursday. The unnamed staffer tested negative himself, but Gibbs attributed that to the amount of time that had elapsed since the onset of his own symptoms. The staffer felt ill three days after his arrival in Mexico City, which was April 13th. On the following day (April 17th),...
  • CDC Confirms 2nd Michigan Swine Flu Case

    04/30/2009 11:02:43 AM PDT · by Kieri · 35 replies · 728+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 04/30/09 | Various
    WXYZ) What was labeled as a probable case of Swine Flu in Ottawa County has now been confirmed as the second case in Michigan. The state announced Thursday that the CDC now considers both the Ottawa County case and the previously identified Livingston County case as confirmed incidences of the Swine Flu. A statement issued by the State of Michigan noted, "The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is ensuring the state has adequate medication for those most in need." The statement went on to say Michigan received a partial shipment from the nation's medical stockpile on Wednesday. As new...
  • Containing Flu Is Not Feasible, Specialists Say

    04/30/2009 3:02:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 713+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2009 | Donald G. McNeil
    “Containment is no longer a feasible option,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, deputy director general of the World Health Organization, announced Monday night in Geneva after a meeting of the agency’s emergency committee on the spreading swine flu virus. “The world should focus on mitigation. We recommend not closing borders or restricting travel.” Many countries are still ignoring that advice. The globe is a confusing welter of bans, advisories and alerts on some pork and some people. On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was heavily pressed in Congressional hearings to ignore the advice and close the border with Mexico. She defended...
  • Tennessee Identifies First "Probable" Case Of Swine Flu In Nashville

    04/29/2009 8:02:23 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 29 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | 4/29/09 |
    Williamson County girl, Harding Academy.
  • Probable Swine Flu in North Alabama

    04/29/2009 7:34:16 PM PDT · by rlbedfor · 22 replies · 1,418+ views
    Two probable swine flu cases in North Alabama
  • Swine flu spreads in 10 US states, Europe

    04/29/2009 1:06:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,755+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/09 | Lauran Neergaard - ap
    WASHINGTON – Virulent swine flu spread to 10 U.S. states from coast to coast Wednesday and swept deeper into Europe, extending its global reach as President Barack Obama mourned the first U.S. death, a Mexican toddler who had traveled with his family to Texas. Total American cases surged to nearly 100, and Obama said wider school closings might be necessary. The World Health Organization said the outbreak is moving closer to becoming a full-scale pandemic. Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the organization's top flu expert, told reporters in Geneva that the latest developments are moving the agency closer to raising its pandemic...
  • Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported at California Marine Base

    04/29/2009 4:32:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 475+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – The Marine Corps commandant today confirmed a suspected case of what the U.S. Homeland Security Council now is calling H1N1 flu, but has been known as “swine flu,” at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. A male Marine reported to a medical clinic on base over the weekend complaining of flu-like symptoms. Initial test results indicate the H1N1 virus, and the service is waiting for further results from testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway said. The Marine, along with...
  • 8th Case of Swine Flu Reported in San Diego....

    Another case of swine flu was reported Wednesday just as the Geneva-based World Health Organization Wednesday raised its alert level for the fast-spreading swine flu to its next-to-highest notch, signaling a global pandemic could be imminent. There are now eight cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) in San Diego County,” Health & Human Services Agency spokesman Tom Christensen said. More details were expected to emerge about the latest case at a 3:30 p.m. news conference at which San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten will provide an update on developments around the county. Watch the news...
  • U.S. swine flu case numbers rise, more expected

    More than 40 people in five states have been sickened by new strain of swine flu that doctors fear may cause a pandemic, U.S. officials said on Monday, promising more cases to come. Schools were ordered closed in California and Texas, while nervous investors sent U.S. stock prices tumbling on expectations that the flu outbreak could further undermine the economy, which is struggling in recession. President Barack Obama said he was monitoring the situation while bad news piled up from southern neighbor Mexico, where up to 149 people have died and more than 1,600 have been infected by the never-before-seen...
  • CDC To mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study(2004 article)

    04/27/2009 1:22:54 PM PDT · by America2012 · 23 replies · 943+ views
    Jan 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world. That could happen, scientists predict, if someone who is already infected with an ordinary flu virus contracts the avian virus at the same time. The avian virus has already caused at least 48 confirmed human illness cases in Asia, of which 35 have been fatal. The virus has shown little ability to...
  • Flu outbreak to loom over U.S.-Mexico truck dispute

    04/27/2009 12:24:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/27/09 | Laura MacInnis
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The prompt resolution of a 15-year old dispute over access to U.S. roads by Mexican trucks could be another casualty of the deadly swine flu outbreak, international trade experts said on Monday. Increased health checks to control the virus, which has killed 103 people in Mexico and infected at least 20 in the United States, could also slow the passage of goods across the busy but troubled U.S.-Mexico border, they said. The United States imported around $216 billion of goods from Mexico in 2008, making its southern neighbor its third-largest trading partner after Canada and China, according...
  • Global Race Is On To Contain Swine Flu Outbreak [20 Confirmed Cases in 5 States!]

    04/26/2009 5:41:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,192+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 26, 2009
    Global race is on to contain swine flu outbreak U.S. declares state of emergency as 20 cases confirmed; 86 dead in Mexico Workers cleaned St. Francis Preparatory School in New York on April 26, 2009 after the swine flu was confirmed in eight students, prompting the federal government to declare a public health emergency across the United States. WASHINGTON - The world’s governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health emergency. “It’s not a time to panic,”...
  • Americans told to wear masks as swine flu spreads round globe

    04/26/2009 12:42:27 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 76 replies · 3,828+ views
    Doctors in America are advising worried patients to buy painters’ masks as a precaution against the global outbreak of swine flu that appears to have spread from Mexico to the United States, New Zealand and possibly Europe. With the worldwide death toll standing at about 81 and with about 1,300 people infected, authorities across the globe are torn between the desire to slow down a potential flu pandemic and the need to avoid bringing major cities on every continent to an economic standstill. As of today, the US was still allowing people to cross the border from Mexico – where...
  • Napolitano declares public health emergency

    04/26/2009 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 287 replies · 12,297+ views
    Napolitano declares public health emergency @ 1:01 pm by Eric Zimmermann The United States will declare the swine flu outbreak a public health emergency, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said today. Speaking at a White House press briefing, Napolitano said the declaration is not as severe it sounds. "It allows us to free up state and local resources" that otherwise would not be available, Napolitano said. The declaration does not necessarily convey the authority to initiate quarantines. "We're nowhere near that kind of decision," Napolitano said. Also at the briefing, the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Richard Besser,...
  • Swine flu outbreak suspected in NZ school children

    Swine flu outbreak suspected in NZ school children Anne Barrowclough in Sydney New Zealand health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of swine flu amongst a school group which recently returned from a trip to Mexico.
  • FLASHBACK 2006: CDC Chief: Bird Flu 'Not Media Hype'

    04/25/2009 6:03:28 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 851+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-08 | Daniel J. DeNoon
    The bird flu news isn't encouraging, the head of the CDC said today. The comments by CDC Director Julie M. Gerberding, MD, MPH, came at the opening of the 2006 National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting of public health officials and vaccine manufacturers. Preparation for a flu pandemic is only a small part of the meeting. But in her opening remarks, Gerberding stressed how seriously the CDC is taking the threat of a bird flu pandemic. "This is not media hype. This is a real situation," Gerberding said. "And at CDC we are very focused on the possibility of pandemic with...
  • Map Of Reported Swine Flu Cases

    04/25/2009 4:06:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 77 replies · 8,104+ views
    Google Maps ^ | 4/2/2009 | Google
    Swine Flu Map
  • New U.S. swine flu cases spread pandemic fears (2 in KS, 8 in NYC)

    04/25/2009 3:00:31 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 64 replies · 2,782+ views
    MSLSD ^ | 4/25/09
    As Mexico hunkers down, 2 cases found in Kansas and 8 likely in NYC Worries that the new swine flu strain that has killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico has “pandemic potential” increased with the announcement that the virus has spread to Kansas and likely to New York City. On Saturday, two new cases were confirmed in Kansas — the first U.S. cases outside of California or Texas. And New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said tests showed that eight New York schoolchildren had a type A influenza virus that was...
  • [Texas Governor] Perry Requests Antiviral Medications From CDC (for possible Swine Flu "Pandemic")

    04/25/2009 1:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 6,389+ views
    KWTX-TV ^ | April 25, 2009
    Gov. Rick Perry Saturday asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile as a precaution after three cases of swine flu were confirmed in Texas. The medication will be available for treatment of those with confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu as well as for healthcare providers who may come into contact with the patients, Perry said. All three of the Texas cases involved high school students from the same school in Guadalupe County. The first two became ill in early April and on Thursday test results...
  • Swine Flu Could Cause Pandemic, WHO Says

    04/25/2009 8:36:54 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 61 replies · 3,319+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2009 | April 25, 2009
    The swine flu virus that is responsible for an outbreak in Mexico and has been detected in the southwestern United States has the potential to cause a pandemic, a top international health official said today. "It has pandemic potential," Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, told reporters during a telephone briefing. "It is infecting people." Chan held the briefing after cutting short a trip to the United States so she could rush back to the WHO's headquarters in Geneva to convene an emergency meeting of special experts to decide what steps should be taken to contain the...
  • Possibility of Bio-Terrorism in Swine Flu Outbreak

    04/25/2009 5:51:39 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 325 replies · 18,304+ views
    April 25, 2007 | freedomfighter1013
    In a discussion this morning with a cell biologist and medical doctor working at Johns Hopkins, my friend thought this 4-part flu combination is highly unusual and looks like it could be man-made. Especially because it has an avian strain. My doctor friend (he's Taiwanese) explained that in Asia, it's common for a avian-swine-human flu to happen naturally, but this virus first showed up in Mexico, where pigs and ducks are not usually raised together. Also, recombination of more than 2-different flu viruses is extremely rare. I'm just repeating what he said as an expert in the field. He says...
  • Q+A - Mexico hit by deadly new flu virus

    04/24/2009 9:40:32 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 28 replies · 1,878+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/24/09 | unknown
    MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) - A dangerous strain of flu never seen before has killed up to 60 people in Mexico and spread into the United States, where several people were reported ill. [ID:N24524032] Here are some questions and answers about the virus: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED? Mexico has confirmed 20 deaths from the flu and has 40 other possible fatalities and 1,004 people reported infected. Most of those who died are aged between 25 and 45. In California and Texas, eight people were infected with the new strain, but all of them have recovered. WHAT KIND OF...

    04/25/2009 2:03:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 1,466+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 25, 2009 | AP
    New York City health officials say about 75 students at a Queens high school have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms and testing is under way to make sure they're not stricken with the deadly type of swine flu that is ravaging Mexico and has sparked fears of a pandemic. Dr. Don Weiss of the city Department of Health said yesterday that a team of agency doctors and investigators was dispatched to the private St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows Thursday after students reported fevers, sore throats, coughs, aches and pains. The handful of students who remained at the school...
  • Possible Swine Flu Outbreak At NYC Prep School (Pandemic Fear)

    04/24/2009 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 43 replies · 2,778+ views
    SEE BS ^ | 4/24/09
    Department Of Health Officials Testing 75 Students At St. Francis Preparatory School In Queens New York City health officials say that about 75 students at a Queens high school have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms and testing is under way to rule out the strain of swine flu that has killed dozens in Mexico. The Health Department's Dr. Don Weiss said Friday that a team of agency doctors and investigators were dispatched to the private St. Francis Preparatory School the previous day after students reported fever, sore throat, cough, aches and pains. No one has been hospitalized. The handful of...
  • Deadly new flu breaks out in Mexico, U.S.......

    04/24/2009 12:15:23 PM PDT · by TaraP · 65 replies · 1,594+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 24th, 2009
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A deadly strain of flu never seen before has killed as many as 61 people in Mexico and has spread into the United States, where several people were reported ill. Mexico's government said on Friday that at least 16 people have died of the disease in central Mexico and that it may also have been responsible for 45 other deaths. The World Health Organization said genetic tests of the virus in 12 of the Mexican victims had the same genetic structure as a new strain of swine flu, designated H1N1, seen in seven people in California...